Many individuals who may not have otherwise been able to conceive due to male fertility factors or lack of a male partner can achieve their dream of becoming parents through donor sperm insemination.
What is donor sperm?
Donor sperm is a form of what’s called “third-party reproduction.” In this case, the third-party is the donor whose sperm is being used. Individuals or couples using donor sperm may choose to use sperm from either a known (family member of a friend) or anonymous donor. The vast majority (95%) use anonymous sperm from a sperm bank.
NewLife Fertility accepts donor sperm from several national certified sperm banks where donors are appropriately screened and the sperm is quarantined.
Who Should Consider This Option
- Women in a same-sex partnership
- Single women
- Men whose sperm is unlikely to fertilize an egg
- Men who produce little or no sperm
- Men with a family history of genetic disease
- Men with past vasectomy or testicular failure
- Men undergoing treatment for cancer
Selecting A Sperm Donor
Sperm donors can be selected from the cryobank’s website. Sperm donors are anonymous, though some donors have consented to have their identity released to children conceived of their specimens when they reach the age of 21. Many donors provide a childhood picture. The donor database offers personal demographics (i.e., hair color, height, race, etc.), as well as essays written by the donor. In some cases, recipients can view if previous pregnancies have resulted from that donor’s sperm. While short profiles are open to the public, the extended profiles require a subscription.
In the case of a known/designated donor (i.e., a friend or family member), in accordance with Health Canada and the Processing and Distribution of Semen for Assisted Conception Regulations, certain requirements are mandatory before the donated sperm can be used. This includes an infertility workup as well as a 6-month quarantine of the sperm to screen for infectious diseases. Mount Sinai Fertility also requires a counseling consultation for all individuals undertaking third-party reproduction.
After Donor Selection
After the donor is selected and/or the quarantine period for a known donor has passed, the cryobank sends the frozen sperm sample(s) directly to us, where we will thaw the sperm and analyze it in our Andrology Laboratory. From there, individuals undergo intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle using the donated sperm.
Please contact us if you would like to receive more information on this program or if you have been a patient at NewLife Fertility and are interested in sperm donation.